Looking for things to do in the Desert this October? Then check out the October 2017 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events below, courtesy of our colleagues at First American Title:
VillageFest: Every Thurs. - 6-10pm | Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Srings
Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets.
College of the Desert Street Fair: Every Sat. & Sun. - 7am-2pm | 43500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert
With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more.
Contact: 760-636-7957 / http://codaastreetfair.com
Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge: Sun. Oct. 1 - See Website for Schedule | Palm Desert Civic Park
Whether you’re a runner, walker or tri-athlete, there is an event for every age and skill level. Following the finish of the Reverse Mini-Triathlon, the morning continues with a Health and Wellness Fair offering vendor and information booths, entertainment, and activities for all ages.
Contact: 760-341-9622 / www.ybefitpdchallenge.org
Year of the Giraffe Launch Party: Sun. Oct. 1 - 9am-1pm | The Living Desert, Palm Desert
Learn more about this endangered species, take the pledge to stand tall for giraffe, participate in fun giraffe-themed activities, take a behind-the-scenes tour, listen to keeper chats and Juma the Giraffe storytelling and, of course, feed the giraffe!
Contact: 760-346-5694 / www.livingdesert.org
Palm Springs Police National Night Out: Tues. Oct. 3 - 5-8pm | Palm Springs Stadium
Food, entertainment, giveaways, carnival-style games, a “jumper zone,” featuring an inflatable jumper and obstacle course, face painting and static displays, including the PSPD Traffic/DUI Trailer, SWAT BearCat truck and patrol vehicles.
Contact: 760-323-8299 / www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us
Backstreet Art District Art Walk: Wed. Oct. 4 - 5-8pm | 2600 S Cherokee Way, Palm Springs
The first Wednesday of each month experience Art Walk where galleries are open for guests to meet the artists, visit working studios and enjoy original fine and decorative art all in one location.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Wed. Oct. 4 – 6:30 pm | Palm Springs Public Library
Join us for We Were Here Too: The History and Contributions of the Original Mexican Families to the Palm Springs Village. Telling their families’ stories, this event is presented by local historians and authors Barbara Eves, Cydronia Valdez and Vera Wall.
Palm Desert Concerts in the Park: Thurs. Oct. 5-26 – 6pm | Palm Desert Civic Park
Music lovers can look forward to diverse musical offerings from reggae to R&B, country to indie and more. Food trucks will be onsite with tasty food options, beverages and snacks for purchase.
Contact: 760-346-0611 x416 / www.palm-desert.org
Joshua Tree Fall Music Festival: Oct. 5-8 | Joshua Tree Lake Campground
A resource-generating powerhouse of passionate creativity, community empowerment, and arts education for all ages.
Relay For Life Palm Desert Fundraising Walk: Sat. Oct. 7 – 10am-8pm, Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Remembering loved ones lost, honoring survivors of all cancers, and raising money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.
Contact: 760-340-1597 / www.relayforlife.org/palmdesertca
Cruise-In with Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association: Sat. Oct. 7 – 1-5pm | Westfield Palm Desert
First Saturday of the month, October through May. Over 150 classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, street rods, corvettes, customs, antiques, restored and original collectible cars and motorcycles.
Free Guided Public Art Tour: Sat. Oct. 7 | El Paseo, Palm Desert
The City of Palm Desert offers free docent-guided tours of its public art collection on select Saturdays each month September - May. This month’s tour features the El Paseo Exhibition and will meet at the northwest corner of El Paseo and Portola.
Desert Glow Fest: Sat. Oct. 7 – 5-11pm | Downtown Cathedral City
In 2017 team Health Glow now introduces you to DGF! DESERT GLOW FEST! At DGF we include all the fun factors of Health Glo while adding additional FUN factors. We start by adding an all age obstacle course along our Black Light Lit Course, Art Zone, Kid Zone and a 21 & Older – Food, Wines and Brews tasting.
Desert Oasis Music Festival Sat. & Sun. Oct. 7-8 | Empire Polo Grounds, Indio
Featuring 24 live bands, 3 stages, on site camping and amazing food.
2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road: Sat. Oct. 14 – 5-8pm | Cathedral City’s Art & Design District
Discover special art exhibits, museum quality art as well as cultural art to brighten your soul, meet other like-minded people, and maybe get a little exercise going from art gallery to design gallery to art gallery.
Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com
La Gran Fiesta: Sat. Oct. 14 – 9am-1pm | The Living Desert, Palm Desert
Highlights Hispanic culture with games, live music and dancing, animal enrichment, delicious foods and more!
Contact: 760-346-5694 / www.livingdesert.org
Paint El Paseo Pink: Sat. Oct. 14 | The Gardens on El Paseo, Palm Desert
Attendees are encouraged to build a team and participate in this awesome event where every walker wears pink in support of breast cancer screening, diagnostic services and prevention.
Business Expo Health Fair and Taste of Palm Springs: Tues Oct. 17 – 5-9pm | Colony 29
Modernism Week Fall Preview: Oct. 19-22 | Various locations in the Coachella Valley
The weekend’s events provide attendees with a sampling of the events and activities that will be offered during the annual 11-day festival in February 2018.
Time/Place: Various locations in the Coachella Valley.
Patriot Weekend: Oct. 20-21 See Website for Schedule | Southwest Church, Indian Wells
Ride For Our Heroes Charity Cycling Event, Honor Walk, Pasta Dinner, Vendor Expo, Food Vendor Expo, Beer Garden, Auto Expo, Concert/Entertainment, Law Enforcement Expo, Service & Therapy Animals/Search Dog Rescue Display, Motorcycle Gathering, Flag Raising, Pancake Breakfast, RV Exhibit, Health Expo with Eisenhower Hospital.
VintageVibe Festival: Oct. 20-22 | Palm Springs Convention Center
A celebration of the evolution of American style and pop culture, which we consider anything pre-1999. Vendors who not only represent eras gone by, but also new and innovative vendors who nod to the stylings of yesteryear.
Taste of Tahiti Coachella Valley: Sat. Oct. 21 – 10am-4pm | Hilton Garden Inn, Rancho Mirage
Taste of Tahiti is a non-profit organization, founded in 2014 by a group of young people from the island of Huahine who wanted to share their passion for their culture through dance, music, and food.
Contact: 951-286-6265 / www.TasteofTahiti.org
Salton SeaFest: Sat. Oct. 21 - 7am-7pm | Salton Sea State Recreation area, Mecca
Fifteen balloons will race over the sea, competing for prize money. An organic farmers market will be showcasing local farms and California Women for Agriculture. Modernism Week vintage car show. Kai Wai Paddle Sports Club will paddle. In the evening, the hot air balloons will be tethered to create the Lowest Glow On Earth.
Desert AIDS Walk: Sat. Oct. 21 | Ruth Hardy Park, Palm Springs
For 31 years, our beautiful desert community has been walking to show our support in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Sixth Annual Family Fun Day: Sun. Oct. 22 – 12pm | McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert
Brought to life by a team of skilled puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic!!
Contact: 760-340-2787 / www.mccallumtheatre.com
Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge: Sat. Oct. 28 – 7am | Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
A 6K uphill run/walk presented by the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, benefiting United Way of the Desert. Entry fee includes a t- shirt, finisher medal, food, awards to top three in each 5 year age group, prizes, chip timing, music and more!
Contact: 760-832-0497 / www.kleinclarksports.com/tram
La Quinta Movies in the Park: Sat. Oct. 28 – 6-8pm | La Quinta Park
Hotel Transylvania 2.
Halloween Chili Cook-Off & Car Show: Sat. Oct. 28 – 11am-3pm, Palm Springs Air Museum
Volunteers from the various sections of the Museum will cook up their favorite chili recipes and you get to decide which is best. Festivities also include over 100 classic vehicles.
Contact: 760-778-6262 / www.palmspringsairmuseum.org
Desert Garden Community Day: Sat. Oct. 28 – 8:30am-1pm | University of California Riverside, Palm Desert
Learn how to create and maintain a lush, low-water garden at this free event presented by Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley.
Terrorfest: Sat. Oct. 28 – 8pm-2am | Emire Polo Club
Experience five stages filled with frightfully massive sound systems, haunting visuals, and over 50 performers ready to give you the show of your afterlife. The thrills continue with the Path of Terror, the Spirit Garden, Phantom Food Court, and Zombie Lounge. Ages 18 and up.
Contact: 760-393-7298 / www.indioterrorfest.com
Art on Main Street: Sat. Oct. 28 – 10am-4pm |Old Town La Quinta
Enjoy original artwork from more than 80 artists, live entertainment, shopping, dining and more! Free admission.
Reel Women’s Film Festival: Sat. & Sun. Oct. 28-29 – 4-6pm | Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs
Join Planned Parenthood for an inspiring day of films to help raise funds for Planned Parenthood’s breast health programs and enjoy diverse films about women.
Contact: 760-325-6565 / www.planned.org/rwff
Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade: Sun. Oct. 29 – Noon | El Paseo, Palm Desert
Experience the spectacular color, pageantry, and fun as scores of whimsically decorated golf carts and bands march down. Palm Desert Rotary Pancake Breakfast, a Golf Cart Show, a Kids’ Play Zone and more.
Cathedral City Halloween Spooktacular: Sun. Oct. 29 – 1-3pm | Cathedral City Civic Plaza
Trick or Treat for kids, costume contest for kids, public safety exhibitions. Enter to win bicycles and bike gear.
Contact: 760-770-0340 / www.discovercathedralcity.com
Howl-O-Ween at The Living Desert: Sun. Oct. 29 – 9am-1pm & Tue Oct 31 – 6-8:30pm | The Living Desert, Palm Desert
Visitors are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes. Attendees under 12 will receive a candy bag to hit the trick-or-treat trail with a large variety of treat stations. Additional activities include pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a monster maze, live entertainment and more.